Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs


These slow cooker ribs are the best I've had, short of the actual grilling method of course! They're easy to make by just cooking them in the slow cooker until tender, covering them with barbeque sauce, and finishing them off in the oven. This is what I do when I want ribs during the week — I'm eating them within 30 minutes of getting home, and they turn out perfect every time!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins


  • 3 pounds baby back ribs, trimmed

  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ onion, sliced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce


  1. Season ribs with salt and pepper.

  2. Pour 1/2 cup water into the slow cooker, then add ribs. Scatter onion and garlic over top. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.

  3. When the ribs are almost finished, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Transfer ribs from the slow cooker to a baking sheet; discard onion and garlic. Coat ribs with barbeque sauce.

  5. Bake ribs in the preheated oven until sauce caramelizes and sticks to meat, 10 to 15 minutes.

    Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

501 Calories
30g Fat
32g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 501
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 1067mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 517mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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